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As Paul Roos' time as MFC coach winds to an end over the coming months, it's time to evaluate his three years.

Is Roos our best coach since Norm Smith?

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15 John Beckwith 62 17 45 0 27.42 1968–70
16 Ian Ridley 66 28 37 1 43.18 1971–73
17 Bob Skilton 88 28 60 0 31.82 1974–77
18 Dennis Jones 22 5 17 0 22.73 1978
19 Carl Ditterich 44 11 33 0 25.00 1979–80
20 Ron Barassi 111 34 77 0 30.63 1981–85
21 John Northey 167 90 76 1 54.19 1986–92
22 Neil Balme 98 41 57 0 41.84 1993–97
23 Greg Hutchison 13 3 10 0 23.08 1997
24 Neale Daniher 223 108 114 1 48.65 1998–2007
25 Mark Riley 9 3 6 0 33.33 2007
26 Dean Bailey 83 22 59 2 26.51 2008–2011
27 Todd Viney 5 1 4 0 20.00 2011
28 Mark Neeld 33 5 28 0 15.15 2012–2013
29 Neil Craig 11 1 10 0 9.09 2013
30 Paul Roos 44 11 33 0 25.00 2014–

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I'm a Danners fan. Sure we were up and down like a yoyo but we made a GF and I still look back at those years fondly.

Arguably there was no better person to embark on the challenge that Roos had 3 years ago, but its hard to rank him in overall coaching ranks.

 

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In some ways it won't be possible to assess Roos legacy for another couple of years, as he's undoubtedly bowing out well before his time is up, (in the normal way the coaching cycle goes) and would have taken this team well up the ladder over the next few years if he'd stayed...

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Hard to place Roos, he was simply the right man for the job. He and Jackson created stability at the club, Jackson at the admin level and Roos at the coaching and playing level. Together they've brought Goodwin to the party, which again has created another 3 years of stability. 

Some coaches leave a club with premierships as their legacy, stability and confidence will be Paul's legacy. 

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Roos has rebuilt the Playing List and we are in a better position than we have been for decades, we now actually have a side that can win a flag.

 

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Northey by far ,very disappointed with Balme thought he would be great

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While I agree with DemonWA above, I think that given the list that Roos had to work with when his assignment began, he was coming from much further back than Northey or Daniher...and to achieve what he has in such a short time, I would say he is at the very least their equal.  The biggest difference now is that we have a very competent successor in Goodwin, so Roo's legacy should not be wasted (as has been the case in the past).

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As much as I'm looking forward to seeing Goodwin in action, it would be fantastic if Roos announced that he simply couldn't accept a winning percentage of 25% at the MFC and stayed on as head coach for another 3 years. 

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7 minutes ago, Ethan Tremblay said:

Thumbs down I think you meant. 

Why... you werent a fan of trading out the likes of Moloney, Rivers, Martin & recruiting Toumpas, Rodan, Gillies & having a game plan that revolved around not scoring or defending ? 

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Northey

Daniher

Roos

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Northey took us from a laughing stock to our first finals appearance in 23 years in which we not only beat 2 highly fancied opponents in Syd and NM (still a record elimination GWM) but came within a whisker of one of the more unlikely GF berths of all time.

Nobody has come close, let's hope Goodwin can eclipse him!

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Northy and the Rev for me. Roos could beat them if he stuck around and harvested the fruits of his labor.

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Roos was only ever intended to be a foundations laying coach to start our journey out of the ditch. Can't compare him to coaches who were competing for flags in my opinion.

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I would say Roos is our most important coach we have had in awhile in terms of getting us back on track and relevant in football again. 

But I would have to say Daniher I mean yes every 2nd year we were hopeless but he had us in the finals the other years. Going back to 1998 it was great footy to watch. Bar the GF 200 was good as well. It was just nice to play finals. 

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